The Queen's Birthday celebrates the Queen of the United Kingdom. It is a public holiday, though with no offical celebration.
Upcoming Dates For The Queen's Birthday
The Queen's Birthday is on the first Monday of June, every year. Here are the upcoming dates for observation:
- Monday, June 5, 2017
- Monday, June 4, 2018
- Monday, June 3, 2019
- Monday, June 1, 2020
- Monday, June 7, 2021
- Monday, June 6, 2022
- Monday, June 5, 2023
- Monday, June 3, 2024
- Monday, June 2, 2025
Where Is The Queen's Birthday Considered a Holiday?
The Queen's Birthday is considered a public holiday throughout all of New Zealand. All schools are closed on this day, as well as all government offices. There are many businesses that will be closed on this day as well. Although, some individual businesses may choose to remain open, most will not. Public transportation will likely be unavailable. Before making any arrangements, check with your local travel schedule.
Festivities & Events During The Queen's Birthday
The Queen's Birthday, landing on a Monday, marks a long weekend. On this date, or near it, the Queen's Honors list is released. This list is a collection of people who are being recognized for their services. These services range from television appearances to prisoner welfare. It's largely filled with people who are making a positive impact for their communities. To celebrate the Queen's Birthday, many take a vacation or short trip. There aren't celebrations or festivals in the Queen's honor.
A Brief History About The Queen's Birthday
The Queen's Birthday celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Although her actual birthday was on April 27th, it's celebrated on the first Monday of June. In New Zealand, she is considered the Queen "of this realm, and all her other realms". This refers to New Zealand's head of state being the Commonwealth Realm.